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The Beecher Sisters$
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Barbara A. White

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780300099270

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300099270.001.0001

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Water Cure and Civil War, 1860–1865

Water Cure and Civil War, 1860–1865

(p.77) 4 Water Cure and Civil War, 1860–1865
The Beecher Sisters

Barbara A. White

Yale University Press

This chapter describes the experiences of the Beecher sisters with water cure and civil war. By 1860, water cure, or hydropathy, was nothing short of a craze. Water cure establishments predominated in New York and New England, and existed all over the United States. The cure at Brattleboro, Vermont, which had opened in 1845 with 15 guests, had 600 to 800 guests a year. Elmira boasted patients from fourteen states, two territories, and Canada. Catharine was an early advocate of water cures and constantly looked for ways to improve her health after her first nervous breakdown in Hartford. In her growing feminism, Isabella was also bound to appreciate the connections between the water cure movement and women's rights.

Keywords:   Beecher sisters, water cure, civil war, hydropathy, Catharine Beecher, Isabella Beecher, women's rights

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